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    December 1st, 2020, 08:18 PM
    From All Access: JIM BURRUSS, AIMIE VAUGHAN, CHRIS SICILIANO, SHERRY ALAGHEBAND, LESLIE WHITTLE, JOHN E. KAGE, J.R. AMMONS, ANGIE GOOD, JOHN ALLERS, NIK RIVERS, DAVE SLOAN, DAVE LEVORA, PETER BERARD, … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 07:40 PM
    From Radio Online: In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC is seeking comment on whether to modify the Commission's rules governing the operation of FM booster stations by FM radio broadcasters in certain limited circumstances. Consistent with the petition for rulemaking submitted by GeoBroadcast Solutions, the More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 07:40 PM
    From Radio Online: WFUV-FM/New York has announced that Rita Houston will hand off her program, "The Whole Wide World," to a new weekly host, Delphine Blue, in the coming weeks. A member of WFUV's air staff and a longtime favorite for New York music fans, Blue will officially take the Friday night microphone in More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 07:40 PM
    From Radio Online: iHeartMedia Sports KWSX-AM (FOX Sports AM1280)/Stockton, CA, inks an extension of its broadcast agreement with the University of the Pacific. The station will continue to broadcast the university's men's and women's Pacific Tiger basketball games through the 2020-2021 basketball season. During More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 07:40 PM
    From Radio Online: Educational Media Foundation has agreed to acquire 0.9kW KZGO-FM (95.3)/St. Paul and 19kW KQGO-FM (96.3)/Edina, both in Minnesota, from The Pohlad Companies. The buyer, Educational Media Foundation, is a California-based non-profit that runs the K-Love and Air1 More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 07:40 PM
    From All Access: NORTHERN LIGHTS BROADCASTING is selling Alternative KQGO (GO 96.3)/EDINA-MINNEAPOLIS and Hip Hop KZGO (GO 95.3)/ST. PAUL to EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION for an undisclosed price. The buyer … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 07:40 PM
    From All Access: The TOWNSQUARE MEDIA/JERSEY SHORE cluster was hit hard on MONDAY (11/30). In addition to JUSTIN LOUIS' exit from AC WOBM-F (ALL ACCESS NET NEWS 11/30), the OCEAN COUNTY SCANNER reports … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From Radio Online: Entercom welcomes 30-year news veteran Rick Dayton as afternoon host for KDKA Pittsburgh. "KDKA Radio Afternoon News hosted by Rick Dayton" will be heard weekdays from 3-6pm, effective December 7. Previous roles include Sports Director for the North Carolina News Network, reporter and anchor at More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From Radio Insight: Go Media have sold their two stations in Minneapolis to Educational Media Foundation. Hip Hop “Go 95.3” KZGO St. Paul and Alternative “Go 96.3” KQGO Edina will drop their current formats in early 2021 for EMF’s “K-Love” and “Air 1” networks. The stations made the announcement on social media in similarly worded statements: pic.twitter.com/TqACdDDrHK — Go 95.3 (@Go953mn) December 1, 2020 pic.twitter.com/7ji8UXOcc5 — Go 96.3 (@Go963MN) December 1, 2020 EMF currently operates the “K-Love” brand on 99.9 K260BA Minneapolis fed via iHeartMedia’s 100.3 KFXN-HD3 and “Air 1” on 92.1 K221ES Albertville, 92.9 K225ES St. Paul, and 97.7 K249ED Albertville fed via 97.1 KTCZ-HD2. Then known as Northern Lights Broadcasting, owned by the Pohlad family that also owns MLB’s Minnesota Twins, the company was formed with the $28 million 2007 purchase of “B96” 96.3 KTTB from Radio One. The station would go through multiple formats: Hip Hop, CHR, and Modern AC before settling on Alternative as “Go 96.3” in January 2015. A failed attempt at combining the Twins broadcasts with a music format led to the Twins moving back to News/Talk 830 WCCO after the 2017 season. The company then acquired Christian 95.3 KNOF in September 2016 for $7.95 million and flipped it to Hip Hop “Go 95.3” in January 2016. In the just released November 2020 Nielsen Audio ratings, Hip Hop “Go 95.3” KZGO had a 1.2 share, while Alternative “Go 96.3” KQGO was at a 1.0 share. We will be updating this story as more information becomes available. more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From Radio Insight: In addition to the departures of morning hosts Pat & AJ Clark from AC “Cars 108” WCRZ Flint MI on Monday, additional cuts have recently been made at additional Townsquare Media markets. At least four staffers have exited the company’s Monmouth/Ocean NJ cluster. Liz Jeressi departs mornings at Hot AC “94.3 The Point” WJLK Asbury Park after over two decades with the station and 18 years in mornings with Lou Russo, who will remain in the daypart solo for now at least. Justin Louis is out as APD/MD/afternoon host at AC 92.7 WOBM-FM Toms River. Louis has been with WOBM-FM since 2007 after stints at WHYN Springfield MA and WMHX Harrisburg PA. Townsquare Media Monmouth/Ocean Director of Content JB Wilde will succeed Louis in afternoons. Andy Chase departs as APD/afternoon host at Classic Rock “105.7 The Hawk” WCHR-FM Manahawkin just shy of a dozen years at the station. Chris Varacchi departs as midday host at WCHR-FM. The cuts of Chase and Varacchi leave no local talent on the station. We noticed that additional weekend and part-time hosts have been removed from the schedules in that cluster but cannot verify their departures yet. In Portland ME, we’ve confirmed two departures: Kwame Dankwa departs as Brand Manager and afternoon host at CHR “Q97.9” WJBQ after just over a year in the position. Dankwa joined WJBQ inc October 2019 after stints programming WRTS Erie and WZRT Rutland and APD of “Power 93.3” KPWK Seattle. Tommy Carbone exits as Production Director and midday host at Classic Rock 102.9 WBLM after over three decades at the station. more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From Radio Insight: When Sun Broadcasting flipped Rock “93X” 93.7 WXNX Sanibel/Fort Myers FL to “Trump Country 93.7” in September the company originally stated it intended to quickly relaunch the format on another signal. While that never happened, it does appear that a revamped Alternative brand will launch in the cluster. And a Hip Hop launch is imminent in Springfield. This content is for Premium Annual and Premium Monthly members only. Visit the site and log in/register to read. more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: NORTHERN LIGHTS BROADCASTING is selling Alternative KQGO (GO 96.3)/EDINA-MINNEAPOLIS and Hip Hop KZGO (GO 95.3)/ST. PAUL to an undisclosed buyer. No sale applications have appeared in the FCC … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Triple A WFUV/NEW YORK PD RITA HOUSTON has been battling a return of cancer and she has decided to relinquish her duties at the station to tend to her health and spend time … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: ALL ACCESS is saddened to report that DOT COM PLUS Triple A WZEW (92ZEW)/MOBILE APD/on-air host LEE ANN CAMP (wife of owner TIM CAMP) is battling stage 4 lung cancer which has now spread to … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: COX MEDIA GROUP News-Talk WSB-A-WSBB (95.5 WSB), AC WSB-F (B98.5), Classic Rock WSRV (97.1 THE RIVER), and Urban AC WALR (KISS 104.1)/ATLANTA collected 2,127 pounds of dry food, 1,325 pounds … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: The TOWNSQUARE MEDIA/JERSEY SHORE cluster was hit hard on MONDAY (11/30). In addition to JUSTIN LOUIS' exit from AC WOBM-F (ALL ACCESS NET NEWS 11/30), The OCEAN COUNTY SCANNER reports … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: NRG MEDIA’s WATERLOO, IA office announced TODAY (12/1) it's partnership with WATERLOO SCHOOLS to encourage community support for families in need this holiday season. NRG MEDIA … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: FOO FIGHTERS and front man DAVE GROHL are teaming with a SAN FERNANDO VALLEY iconic restaurant, CASA VEGA to create and sell limited edition tacos for charity. The FOO FIGHTERS taco is not … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: Australian music talk podcast "HUMANS OF MUSIC," produced by the music database company JAXSTA, is being added to the lineup at SIRIUSXM VOLUME, beginning DECEMBER 7th at 1p (ET). … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: The philanthropic arm of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, ACM LIFTING LIVES, has re-opened its COVID-19 Response Fund in recognition of Giving TUESDAY (12/1). The fund was established in APRIL … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: ENTERCOM News-Talk KDKA-A-W261AX/PITTSBURGH has named fill-in host and former CBS affiliate KDKA-TV news anchor RICK DAYTON as the station's new afternoon drive anchor. "KDKA RADIO … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 04:36 PM
    From All Access: Regionally-syndicated KENTUCKY SPORTS RADIO host and founder MATT JONES has sold his website KENTUCKYSPORTSRADIO.COM to investor STUART MCWHORTER for an undisclosed price. The sale does not … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:50 PM
    From All Access: iHEARTMEDIA has launched the iHEARTRADIO COMMUNITIES SPOTLIGHT MEDIA GRANT PROGRAM. It’s a new initiative to support organizations that are making a positive impact within the … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From Radio Online: iHeartMedia has announced the launch of iHeartRadio Communities Spotlight Media Grant Program, an all-new initiative to support organizations that are making a positive impact within the communities iHeart serves and to use its multi-platform media network to deliver messaging that is timely, More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From Radio Online: United Stations adds RC Williams to its affiliate sales and marketing staff. The move comes on the heels of the company's long-term partnership extension with SoCast to provide support for its product suite. United Stations Media Networks (USMN) will also be coming to market with new digital More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From Radio Online: Westwood One continues a holiday tradition with its 14th annual broadcast of "An American Country Christmas" with Kix Brooks. Country superstars including Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Kelsea Ballerini will share their holiday More...
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From Radio Insight: Entercom News 1020 KDKA/100.1 W261AX Pittsburgh has announced the addition of former KDKA-TV anchor Rick Dayton as afternoon anchor. Dayton spent eleven years at KDKA-TV as morning news anchor until being laid off in May. He previously was an news anchor for WOWK Charleston WV and spent seven years as the Sports Director for Curtis Media’s North Carolina News Network where he hosted statewide sports talk shows and did play-by-play for multiple sports. Dayton fills the opening created by the termination of Wendy Bell in September. Entercom welcomes news veteran Rick Dayton as afternoon drive host for KDKA News Radio (KDKA-AM/100.1-FM), the authoritative news and talk voice of Pittsburgh. “KDKA Radio Afternoon News hosted by Rick Dayton” will be heard weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., effective December 7. “Rick is ingrained in the local community and has a tremendous news reputation in the market,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “He is a beloved personality who will engage the listeners daily with content and information and I’m excited to welcome him to our weekday lineup.” “After spending more than a decade back home in western Pennsylvania, I am honored to join KDKA Radio and build on its iconic legacy,” said Dayton. “To talk with KDKA’s loyal listeners each day and to discuss important issues is something I do not take lightly. I cannot wait to get those conversations started on Monday afternoon.” Dayton is a broadcast news veteran with over 30 years of experience. Previous roles include sports director for the North Carolina News Network; reporter and anchor at WOWK in Charleston/Huntington, WV and anchor for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. He most recently served as a fill-in host for KDKA Radio Afternoon News and also hosted the station’s “Pre-Debate Tailgate” on the evenings of the presidential and vice-presidential debates. more
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From Radio Insight: When I took my First Listen to 2020’s just-launched Christmas stations last week, I was wondering how stations would acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic. Would they try to avoid it in hopes of offering listeners an escape? By the end of last week, I had another question. How would all radio, not just Christmas radio, protect its listeners, and in doing so, protect the holidays themselves? My daily news alerts include both the Seattle Times and the Oklahoman, which offer a count of new COVID-19 cases in their states. As I was writing the article and infections spiked, the Oklahoma tally went from 2,197 new cases reported in Monday’s e-mail to 2,667 on Friday. In Washington, the number of new cases was 2,250 that Monday, 2,511 by Friday, 3,237 on the following Monday, November 17. Against this backdrop, the question becomes what radio needs to tell its listeners now, when the choices they make in Thanksgiving week will directly affect where we are at Christmas. At one time, decisions made about travel and gatherings at Thanksgiving might have made more normalcy possible by Christmas. Now, they can only keep more people safe to celebrate Christmas 2021 together. So what is radio’s role?* Radio has always taken on itself the task of informing and protecting listeners. It is, we proudly note, no job for a mere music service. And yet, it’s hard for broadcasters to know what protecting listeners should sound like when a nation of governors can’t agree, even behind party lines; when not all of the audience wants our guidance; when broadcasters are undergoing massive consolidation and less able to undertake enterprise reporting or offer local content; when our friends and client bases are local business owners, and the thing we have most been able to offer them through the years is foot traffic. Offering a respite from COVID is part of radio’s job, too. Of the four stations in last week’s “First Listen,” two seemed to be commiserating with listeners about the pandemic; one mentioned it less and one not at all. Holiday music recalls the full-service AC stations of old in both the size of its audience — a ‘60s/’70s-level shared experience stations rarely match otherwise — and the artists played on those stations, from Andy Williams to Paul McCartney. But they’re not centered on information in the full-service AM way.* At COVID’s outset, it was easy for broadcasters to sound overwhelmed and overmatched, especially in trying to overcome a decade of PPM training and share information without the benefit of a news director. Sometimes they sounded rote. With so little information at the outset, it sometimes felt as if every personality had been given one liner card about COVID safety to read. Then the discussion expanded from handwashing to masks and it sounded like nobody had changed the liner cards. But broadcasters have those early challenges to guide us, as well as eight months to gird for a second wave. Here are a few thought-starters on how radio can protect listeners today: Information is key. Listeners again need to know what’s open, how to avoid shortages, the fastest testing options, what to do when somebody becomes ill. Over the last eight months, the stories that friends and I have found most helpful are those articles that assess the risk in various day-to-day activities, or explain whether you really need to disinfect every grocery item. Having that information presented matter-of-factly feels like it gives one a modicum of self-determination at a time when so little exists. Vaccine information is most key. At this moment, the prospect of a workable vaccine represents both hope for listeners and the type of information listeners expect from us. Radio needs to make sure its lines of information are open and establish itself as a resource. Put the “personal” in “personality.” For those who seek them out over a playlist, our personalities are trusted companions. Since March, broadcasters have put themselves at risk to deliver information — sometimes at the station, sometimes remotely under duress. (I know at least one who battled COVID, then unemployment.) The advice and information they share in their own words is public service, and it will be more effective because it does not sound like a PSA.* In the last eight months, I’ve been vocal in my renewed admiration for full-service stations that I might have taken for granted under other circumstances. Other stations faced the challenge of a lifetime without the same infrastructure. It’s not their fault, but it is owners’ missed opportunity, and it won’t change even if normalcy returns. Information will always be a difference-maker. If and only if we find some way to provide it at this critical moment can we consider the following tactic. Keep Christmas radio an escape. If broadcasters are providing viable local information elsewhere, and not just on their news/talk stations, maybe it doesn’t have to be between “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” At the holiday’s peak, 30% of all listening may go to holiday music. That leaves 70% of the audience to address with our other radio stations. The big megaphone of holiday radio should, however, direct people to our informational resources, and they should not only be our News/Talk stations.* These are, again, only thought-starters, and the best thing they can do is foster a dialogue. So how can radio help protect listeners now? I asked NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith for his thoughts as well: Radio broadcasters have been a reassuring voice for anxious Americans and a trusted source for critical information during the pandemic. We will continue to provide local viewpoints, immediacy and human connection unique to radio – something you don’t find with other audio formats. Radio broadcasters live and work in the communities they serve. They are kicking off food drives and charity events, helping small businesses and raising funds in record amounts to support neighbors in need. Radio will continue to serve a vital role throughout the holidays and beyond, helping listeners stay safe and educating them on pending vaccines.” more
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From All Access: LARRY MATTERA has been appointed CAPITOL RECORDS General Manager and CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP EVP. As GM he will helm the day-to-day operations. As EVP he will strategize CMG’s future course … more
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    December 1st, 2020, 01:15 PM
    From All Access: MATADOR RECORDS has announced the worldwide acquisition of the complete catalog rights of its cornerstone artists INTERPOL, PAVEMENT and SPOON. The move marks the latest stage in the … more
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